Quirky, strange, eccentric, traditional, classic, fascinating, dynamic, and even haunted. Whatever adjectives you use to describe Savannah, Georgia, it’s all but indisputable that there are few places like it in the world, if any. The central location of the best seller, Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, the city lives up to reputation in both its attractions and its Airbnbs which is why we’ve created this list of 8 Quirky Airbnbs in Savannah, Georgia.
While Savannah certainly capitalizes on the fame created by the book (expect copies by every cash register and replicas of “Bird Girl,” the statue on the book’s cover in every gift shop), the city still maintains its authenticity and open spirit. These Airbnbs are proof that a trip to Savannah is not your average vacation.
8. A Bon Adventure! – approx. $152 a night
We can certainly guarantee one thing if you rent this Savannah Airbnb: You have no chance of being bored here. A cross between the craziest gift shop you’ve ever seen and some kind of fascinating architectural dig, this place is like staying in the storage room of an incredible museum.
Half a mile from Bonaventure Cemetery, the cemetery that featured prominently in “Midnight”, the room in this cabinet of curiosities is a converted attic with no fewer than six skylights. You’ll have access to all the amenities the house has to offer such as four lovely porch areas, digital cable, Smart TV, wifi, parking and get this: a tree house!
Featured in several home design magazines, this home also offers kayaks, bicycles, a fire pit and even the company of two cats. Even by Savannah standards, this place is an eccentric stand out!
7. History Repeating – approx. $198 a night
Like so many Airbnbs in Savannah, this one has an especially storied history which is no surprise given the look of it. Over 200 years old, this property once housed French President d’Estaing whose ancestor defended Savannah during the American Revolution but you can stay here and just enjoy yourself! Clean and cozy, the exposed brick, wood walls, and old fireplaces of this house will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
Located in the center of town, you couldn’t be in a more perfect area for seeing the Jepson Center museum (where the original “Bird Girl” statue was moved after tourists began destroying graves in an effort to see it in situ at Bonaventure), a fabulous building in and of itself, River Walk, where there are dozens of bars and restaurants, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum (SCAD), where there is always something fabulous happening.
Just keep in mind, that as this is a VERY old property, it’s also a little wobbly so it might not be the best place for someone who would have a hard time walking on uneven surfaces. Other than that, though, this place is a truly special Airbnb!
6. Art House – approx. $107 a night
As home to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), Savannah tends to attract a lot of creative types, so it’s no surprise that there is a perfect Airbnb for an art lover. This newly remodeled apartment dates back to the 1870s and we can guarantee all the original charm is in tact. With high ceilings, crown molding and pine floors, this place has tons of Southern charm while at the same time, its mid-century touches and off-beat furnishings give you the sense of living in a New York loft space.
Right in the middle of town, this Savannah Airbnb will give you quick access to historic Forsyth Park, the Mercer Williams House Museum, The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and the Sorrel-Weed Mansion. (Before you get too excited, that’s a house reputed to be one of Savannah’s most haunted. You’ll have to go somewhere else for what you were thinking.
5. Holy Cow! – approx. $254 a night
Known as “Sanctuary Space”, this Savannah Airbnb is a converted church which dates from 1889. Having fallen into disrepair, it was restored in the early 2000s, using historic photographs to ensure a faithful restoration (no pun intended), including the flying buttresses and bell tower, which were completely missing. The vintage pine you see in the home is actually re-claimed wood originally on the outside of the building and the home itself was the winner of a Savannah Historic Preservation Award in 2005.
The tri-level loft has two bedrooms and two bathrooms including a cast-iron tub and walk-in shower. Situated in the western Victorian District, this house is outfitted with all kinds of modern amenities like a fully equipped kitchen, a washer/dryer, and wifi, making it easy to preach about how great this place is!
4. Artist Retreat – approx. $152 a night
Time to get your kumbaya on! We can’t guarantee it, but this Savannah Airbnb may be the only one where you might end up with a miniature horse in your bedroom. Located just outside Savannah in an artists’ enclave, this Airbnb is a master class in other-level DIY projects. It includes a communal treehouse, amazing hand-painted floors, reclaimed wood from various Southern mansions, repurposed tin ceilings, and tons of interesting folk art.
Situated in close proximity to an old dairy, marsh trails, and the Bonaventure Cemetery, this property will allow you to see Savannah but not have to deal with the chaos of a city, even one as small as Savannah. While things here may look a little primitive, all the major equipment like Smart TVs and kitchen appliances are new. You can even feed Mars the pony although as the owner says, he’s watching his figure so please be sure to stick to the one-apple-a-day maximum!
3. Poodles and Polka Dots – approx. $134 a night
If filmmaker John Waters had an Airbnb in Savannah, it might look something like this. Decorated in leopard print, polka dots, stripes and chandeliers, this is the perfect place for a Francophile to stay. Located on Jones Street, known as the “Prettiest Street in Savannah,” this one-bedroom home sleeps up to four and is in a perfect location for you to see everything the city has to offer.
Be sure to take one of Savannah’s Haunted Tours or even just one of its incredibly interesting city tours or have lunch at Gryphon, SCAD’s incredible restaurant where the waitstaff is full of current and former students (and if you’re staying here you’ll probably also love shopping at the SCAD boutique!). You’ll also be near The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist which is a stunner of a building. No home in France could be any more perfect!
2. Luscombe Levitation – approx. $96 a night
While Savannah has a reputation as a haunted city, you don’t necessarily need to stay in a haunted Airbnb to experience what staying in a levitating bed is like. This one-bedroom home is part of the “Urban Treehouse” and might be the only Airbnb you’ll ever stay in that has one of those kids’ rides you usually see outside of supermarkets in the living room.
It may also be one of the few you ever stay in with an old-fashioned, Lawrence Welk-style organ there, too. Or a usable wooden swing. Or mirrors above the bed. Well, actually, you may be able to find one or two with that, but anyway . . . we would tell you about all the great things you can do around the area like go to the Savannah African Art Museum or walk over to Forsyth Park but when you’ve got this much going on at home, that might be kind of pointless!
1. Miss Rose Mélange – approx. $100 a night
We love this fabulous mélange (yes, we said mélange) of decorating styles in this adorable cottage. Over 140 years old, this sweet house has two bedrooms and sleeps five, making it a great place for a small girls’ weekend or long weekend for the family (it also has a lovely garden that can accommodate up to 20 people so if you need to host a group, this Savannah Airbnb is perfect!
Mixing a Victorian style with a little 80s with just a touch of Mediterranean, this place certainly has something for everyone (except height, which is important to remember if you’re traveling with very tall people!). If that Savannah humidity starts getting to you, there’s a lovely little sitting area with all kinds of books you can curl up with and a lovely screened in porch, perfect for taking a nap on a hot afternoon. While you’re there, be sure to check out Clary’s Café for breakfast, Sandfly BBQ for lunch, and the historic Pink House for dinner.